New admissions to undergraduate
programs are higher than ever at Concordia this year 12 per cent
higher than this time last year.
Registrar Lynne Prendergast reports that the biggest increase is in Faculty
of Engineering and Computer Science, a whopping 23-per-cent rise over
The increases are in programs in electrical and computer engineering and
computer science. Dean Nabil Esmail said he had expected that interest
in these fields would have hit a plateau, but it continues to climb
and the double cohort is still to come. The population bulge
that will result from Ontarios discontinuation of Grade 13 is bound
to be felt by its neighboring provinces of Quebec and Manitoba, he said.
Esmail said that new rules by Quebec allow the faculty to borrow beyond
its operating budget if more money is needed to provide for the extra
students. Fortunately, 25 new faculty members have been hired, bringing
the total to 125, just in time to cope with an overall 12-per-cent increase
in ENCS students. The real crisis is in space downtown, he
added. (See Classrooms, page 10.)
The Faculty of Arts and Science is enjoying a 14-per-cent increase in
new undergraduates over last fall. Programs that show substantial increases
include exercise science (over 50 per cent above an unexpectedly low enrolment
last year), political science (a big program that saw a 40-per-cent increase),
mathematics (31 per cent), sociology and anthropology (30 per cent), geography
(16 per cent; urban studies, part of the department, grew by 38 per cent),
English (13 per cent) and history (8 per cent).
Teaching English as a Second Language welcomes 41 new students to its
re-opened BEd program. However, physics, which had 33 new students last
fall, admitted no new students, as admissions to the program have been
The John Molson School of Business, which continues to raise the bar in
terms of admission standards, posted a slight drop this year of two per
cent. However, Dean Jerry Tomberlin explained that in terms of total numbers
of students taking business courses, there is a 2-per-cent increase, owing
to the number of returning students who transfer into business programs,
and those who take popular business courses as electives. In any
case, Tomberlin said, were operating at capacity
bursting at the seams.
Fine Art shows an increase in new undergraduate admissions of six per
cent. All of these figures are subject to change, as registration continues
and other adjustments are made.
There has been a healthy surge in the number of new undergraduate students
whose fees go directly to the university instead of being remitted to
the Quebec government for inclusion in the operating grant.
FTEs (full-time-equivalent students) in so-called privatized programs
have risen 29 per cent over last year across the university. The School
of Business showed a 17-per-cent increase in privatized FTEs, and Arts
and Science, a 34-per-cent increase.
Put another way, there were 121 new international students in Arts and
Science programs at this time last year, but this year, there are 187.
Donald Chambers, who manages enrolment for Arts and Science, said the
credit for this jump goes to more aggressive international recruitment,
exposure to the universitys web site, and excellent coordination
among Concordias marketers, admissions staff, academic advisors
and others.Its a huge effort from the whole university.